Reading cozies can be very hazardous – to your waistline and your pocketbook

There is just something about cozies. Even if it is not one where the setting  is a bakery or a coffee shop. Even if it is not a cozy that has recipes at the end. Cozies just mention food. Frequently regional favorites. To give the reader a sense of place, I suppose.

This past week I discovered Pimento Cheese  Sandwiches and Fried Green Tomatoes Caprese.

Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese

I had never heard of pimento cheese so you know I had to Google it. Well then I had to make it. I did a cross between Craig Claiborne’s recipe and Paula Dean’s. It is soooooooooo good. But I will be eating the sandwiches for days. Because one was sufficient for my husband and I do not throw away food. Only make a batch if you are having a party or you have a large family.

Since moving into the condo, I no longer have a garden so I am at a loss as to where to get green tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomato Caprese
Fried Green Tomato Caprese

They don’t sell them in the store. This is going to take a trip to a farm and telling the farmer I want green tomatoes, not ripe ones. Because I love a Caprese salad and I love fried green tomatoes so I have to try the combination.

french pressAnd you just cannot read a Cleo Coyle mystery without trying some of her recipes. And it is not just the food with her, it is the coffee. You can almost smell it. I had to go out and buy myself a French Press and a coffee grinder.

And I think it was in Vicki Doudera’s last mystery (about a real estate agent) someone was constantly drinking Constant Comment Tea. Of course I had to go out and get some. Immediately. Loved it.constant

Obviously I am very suggestible so I’m just glad someone doesn’t write a cheesecake mystery series. Richard Simmons would have to come and do an intervention. Um… No one does write a series about someone who bakes cheesecakes, do they?

If like me, you love culinary themed cozies, you can find lots more at Cozy Mystery List which is where the list I have below comes from. It is also one of the most useful resources for finding all kinds of cozies if you haven’t already discovered it. Besides listing cozies alphabetically by author, you can find them by theme, region, occupation and all sorts of other breakdowns.


Mysteries with Recipes AND Recipe Books by Mystery Authors

Cozy Mystery Authors with Culinary Themes: A – D

Cozy Mystery Authors with Culinary Themes: F – K

Cozy Mystery Authors with Culinary Themes: L – R

Cozy Mystery Authors with Culinary Themes: S – W Plus Some!

Cozy Mystery Authors with Culinary Themes: Even More!

Where to Start with Culinary Cozy Mystery Series…

Published by Kate Eileen Shannon

Artist, Crafter, Writer, purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle

3 thoughts on “Reading cozies can be very hazardous – to your waistline and your pocketbook

  1. Food cozies are my favorite kind of cozies!!
    I dont think I’ve seen any cozy series about baking cheesecakes. =)

    I agree with you, the Cozy Mystery List is my favorite site to find more Cozies!!


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